corrosive

adjective cor·ro·sive \ kə-ˈrō-siv , -ziv \
Updated on: 8 Dec 2017

Definition of corrosive

1 : tending or having the power to corrode
  • corrosive acids
  • corrosive action
  • the corrosive effects of alcoholism
2 : bitingly sarcastic
  • corrosive satire

corrosive

noun

corrosively

adverb

corrosiveness

noun

Examples of corrosive in a Sentence

  1. She argues that racism is dangerous and corrosive to society.

  2. a corrosive satire on the fashion industry and its movers and shakers

Recent Examples of corrosive from the Web

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First Known Use of corrosive

14th century

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CORROSIVE Defined for English Language Learners

corrosive

adjective

Definition of corrosive for English Language Learners

  • : causing damage to metal or other materials through a chemical process

  • : causing someone or something to become weak and damaged


CORROSIVE Defined for Kids

corrosive

adjective cor·ro·sive \ kə-ˈrō-siv , -ziv \

Definition of corrosive for Students

: tending or able to destroy, weaken, or wear away little by little
  • corrosive substances

Medical Dictionary

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corrosive

adjective cor·ro·sive \ -ˈrō-siv, -ziv \

medical Definition of corrosive

: tending or having the power to corrode
  • corrosive acids
  • a corrosive gas

corrosiveness

noun

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corrosive

noun

medical Definition of corrosive

: a substance that corrodes : caustic


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